Paula Dear | BBC News | Jan 15, 2009
With redundancies rising and vacancies shrinking, unemployment is back in the headlines. But for millions it never went away. One young couple on unemployment benefits explain how being out of work affects their lives.
Carl, 24, and Lauren, 20, have been together for nearly a year. They are both unemployed and receive benefits.
Lauren has been out of work for a year, and Carl for three years. They live in a deprived former mining village in the north of England where - a generation or two down the line from the pit closures - unemployment levels remain high.